Margaret Mungai and Neha Haque, two undergraduate members of the Abel Laboratory were recently awarded Fulbright scholarships. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is designed to give recent bachelor’s graduates, master’s and doctoral candidates opportunities for personal development during an international experience.
Margaret Mungai was a finalist for the Fulbright Study/Research grant and one of 24 selected out of 112 applicants to receive a study grant to Spain this year. After graduating with a B.S. in Neurobiology and a Spanish minor Mungai will join Antonio Zorzano’s research team at the University of Barcelona’s Institute for Research in Biomedicine. This award will allow Mungai to work on an independent project with Zorzano’s team. She will be studying how miscommunication within cells increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes. This specific project is based on initial data that she has been assisting with in Dr. E. Dale Abel’s laboratory. Mungai credits her experiences at the University of Iowa for solidifying her career aspiration to become a physician scientist.
Neha Haque, a former undergraduate research assistant for the Abel Laboratory was also awarded a Fulbright scholarship. Haque will graduate with her B.A. in English and Creative Writing this semester before serving as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Mexico for the 2020-2021 academic school year. The Fulbright award will support Haque’s plan of engaging writing prompts and Reader’s Theatre as a way of teaching American popular culture and figurative language. Outside of class, she plans on creating a Bollywood Fusion dance group and researching the medical use of Mexican plants as a form of dental treatment. Haque hopes that this experience will improve her understanding of Mexican culture and cross-cultural communication. She envisions that her research on Mexican plants will allow her to excel as a dentist providing comprehensive dental care to Mexican and Latino communities of Easter Iowa.
We want to congratulate both Margaret Mungai and Neha Haque on receiving Fulbright scholarships!